• Roland Hayes made his concert debut in the United States.

  • Florence Mills received an invitation to appear as an added attraction in the Greenwich Village Follies’ annual production. This was the first time that a black woman was offered a part in a major white production.

  • Opportunity: A Journal of Negro Life became the Urban League’s official monthly publication until 1949. In its early years it was edited by Charles S. Johnson, the league’s Director of Research. The three basic policies of the magazine follow:

    "to provide dependable data concerning Negroes and race relations; to encourage among Negroes a more objective attitude towards their own problem; and to inculcate a disposition to see enough interest and beauty in their own lives to rid themselves of the inferior feeling of being a Negro." (Journal of Negro Education, v.13, 1928, pp18-19)

    In 1925, the magazine began sponsoring its literary contest to encourage the literary talents of the younger generation of blacks.

  • Willis Richardson’s (1889-1977) The Chip Woman’s Fortune, which was produced by the National Ethiopian Art Players, became the first serious play by a black writer to appear on Broadway.

Titles marked Core Collection are included in the Core Collection of Harlem Renaissance Books at the Libraries.

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